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Landscape and Nature in the City

Summer Lecture Series 1995

June 19
Mike Davis
Cannibal City: Los Angeles and the Destruction of Nature
Mike Davis is an urban and environmental historian and author of the acclaimed book City of Quartz. He is currently finishing his next book on Los Angeles for Verso about the ordeal of the city through recession, trial, fire, flood, and earthquake.  He teaches at Sci-Arc and USC.

June 26
Walter Hood
Human Ecology in Cities
Walter Hood, trained as both landscape architect and architect, has been widely published and his designs widely exhibited and praised for their use of community concerns as a creative departure for producing new, powerful urban landscapes.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley and has taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

July 10
Lewis MacAdams and Stephen Callis
Notes from Upstream: Navigating the L.A. River
Lewis MacAdams is an author of eleven books of poems and stories including “News from Ninian Farm” and “Africa and the Marriage of Walt Whitman and Marilyn Monroe.” He also co-produced and co directed the documentary film “What happened to Kerouac.”  He co-founded The Friends of the L.A. River in 1985 and serves as president of the 2000 member organization

July 17
William Fain
A Greenway Plan for Metropolitan Los Angeles
William Fain is a principal of the firm Johnson Fain and Pereira and principal designer of A Greenway Plan for Metropolitan Los Angeles which envisions a four hundred mile linear, public open space system of parks and recreation space.

July 24
Kim Abeles
The Smog Collector
Kim Abeles is an artist renown for provocative work concerning political, cultural, and environmental issues.  She recently had a retrospective at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  She is a fellow of the Getty Trust Fund and the Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

July 31
Gary Strang
Architecture of the Working Landscape
Gary Strang is an architect and landscape architect practicing in San Francisco and teaching at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.  His theoretical work and installations investigate the impact of infrastructure on the built and natural landscape.

August 7
Pamela Burton
Civil Landscapes
Pamela Burton, ASLA, is principal of the Santa Monica firm Burton & Company. For over twenty years, her firm has created public and private spaces which explore the boundaries between landscapes and gardens.

All lectures are at 8PM at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road.  Admission is free for Forum members, $7 for non-members.  For information call (213)852-7145